Blackthorn

  • 15
  • Mateo Gil (2011)
  • Sp / US / Bol / Ind (SUB)
  • 102 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Blackthorn is a thoroughly decent western that takes up where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid left off. There's no Newman or Redford, of course. Instead, actor/playwright Sam Shepard plays a grizzled, bewhiskered Butch, who somehow escaped the Bolivian shootout in which he was reported killed. 20 years later, he goes by the name of James Blackthorn and is living quietly on a remote Bolivian ranch. But he has to take up his guns again when he crosses paths with a Sundance-style kid (Eduardo Noriega) with stolen money in his saddlebags, and half of Bolivia hard on his heels after it. Stephen Rea is a hangdog ex-Pinkerton detective, and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, from TV's Game of Thrones, plays the young Butch in brief flashbacks that link past with present. The film plods at times but, by and large, it's a gripping watch. With westerns rarer than hen's teeth, and decent westerns even rarer, this is certainly one that genre fans should seek out.

Plot Summary

Butch Cassidy lives in secluded exile in a remote Bolivian village, having survived his supposed last stand. After years away from home, he decides the time has come to return to his family in America, but on the way, he runs into an ambitious young outlaw and is drawn into one last criminal adventure. Western, starring Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega.

Cast and crew

Cast

James Blackthorn
Sam Shepard
Eduardo Apodaca
Eduardo Noriega
Mackinley
Stephen Rea
Yana
Magaly Solier
Young James
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Sundance
Padraic Delaney
Etta
Dominique McElligott

Crew

Director
Mateo Gil

Other Information

Language: 
English, Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Chelsea Films
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Apr 2012
Categories
Drama

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